Quarter Finals – April 7th second leg games!

6 04 2010



Man United  v  Bayern Munich

A tremendous late surge by Bayern Munich has given them a 2-1 aggregate lead.  That key away goal could be the all important stat though for Manchester.   Wayne Rooney’s goal may come into play, but sadly Wayne himself will not have an impact on Tomorrow night’s game.   Bayern Munich is hoping history repeats itself.  In 2001, the last time the Germans were in the CL quarters they beat Manchester @ Old Trafford to move on to the Semis.   In fact the Germans have been undefeated @ Old Trafford.   Bayern’s dutch coach Louis Van Gaal sums up what his side can accomplish tomorrow.

“We have a chance to succeed in Manchester as we are always capable of scoring a goal away from home.”

The Germans have been able to spread out there goal scoring to ten players, including GK Hans-Jorg Butt who scored on a free kick.  The major question all game will be can Man United score?  If they can then Bayern will have to match those goals or be prepared to leave England with there first loss from Old Trafford.

Players to Watch:

Bayern Munich – Holger Badstuber – The 20 year old has been great in defense.


The youngster has seen 90 minutes for every CL match and has become a reliable anchor in the Munich defense.  His prowess in the center allows for Lahm and the outside backs to move up the flanks.  He is sitting on a yellow card from the Manchester game and that could start to creep its ugly head.  He’ll be tasked with keeping an eye on Berbatov and company.

Manchester United – Federico Macheda – The young Italian has chance to shine.


Did Sir Alex find his next great young talent in a game last year against Aston Villa?  It was the end of the season and Man U still need to close out there 3rd straight premier title.  A late sub and the Italian kid shined BRIGHTLY – netting twice in a two games.  Just this past weekend Federico had another chance to showcase he is legit.  Also loving his number switch from 41 to 27!!  He gets the nod that he’s part of the team with a below thirty uniform.  Also a lot of comparisons to another Sir Alex Favorite.


Not a bad choice in mentor Federico.  C Ron may have left for Spain, but his friendships at Man U seem to have stayed strong.  Federico has a huge chance with Rooney out till mid April, Michael Owen out the rest of the term and Berbatov being more a CF in a ST body.  He might not start, but he didn’t start this weekend against Chelsea and whom on Man U scored against the Blues…you betcha.  Federico can fully convince the Manchester fans that he is the next star by seeing them through to the Semis.


Yeah I agree.  Its hard for a fan to not choose the Red Devils to move on.  This will be the toughest match of the quarters and don’t be shocked to see a few goals and few cards happen.  Manchester United should be ready to give it there all now that Chelsea has taken the advantage in the Premier League.  A solid performance and they will be three games shy of another Champions League trophy.  The Premier League will still be the main goal, but if there is anything that makes up for losing the title to Chelsea a CL title would do it.  Man United nets an early goal from a solid wing run by Park, but the Germans answer.  Finally a late equalizer from Federico sends the match to extra time.  Old man Ryan Giggs battles his way for 100 plus minutes and finally hits a 30 yard free kick to dramatically see the Red Devils into the next stage.

Bordeaux  v  Lyon


Bordeaux has a tall order tomorrow night.  Down 3-1 is not the easiest thing to overcome.  That away goal is the important stat, if they pull off a brace and shut out Lyon (tall order in itself) they will move on with the aggregate tied.  Lyon’s defender Aly Cissokho discussed his opponents chances.

“They have suffered a blow in losing three matches – the final, the (first leg) and recent important matches. We are in good form and we can take advantage.”

Lyon does seem the strongest quarter final team with a 2 goal aggregate lead.  There offense has really clicked and they look like the dominant force they were before Bordeaux took the title last year.  The battle of the French has become a fun and testy match-up.  Exciting, hard-fought and passionate soccer for us to enjoy.

But Bordeaux fans don’t fret you do have the HUGE advantage of seeing two of Lyon’s top players (Sidney Gouvou and Lisandro Lopez) suspended for tomorrow’s game.   Also injuries will hold out talented midfielder Jean Makoun.  With that much fire power missing, this game is going to be EXCITING!!!

Players to Watch:

Bordeaux – Jaroslav Plašil – Replacement for Fernando needs to step up immediately.


Its not so much that Plasil needs to score, he just has to help control the possession.  Gourcuff and Chamakh are the goal scoring threats, Plasil can help them get there chances.  Don’t be shocked though if the 28 year old Czech fires a rocket.   His presence will be key to how much control Bordeaux has in the game and thus there chances to get shots on goal.

Lyon – Hugo Lloris – He needs to keep at least 2 goals out of net.

Hugo Lloris
No doubt about who is the “best” player on Lyon’s team.  The 23 year old has already established himself as one of the top goalies in French football and earmarked for future glory as one of Europe’s finest.  The quiet youngster has shown his mature side often to the press.  I really love his grounded view on what he needs to do to be successful.
“I try not to forget that the most important thing is the pitch, the green rectangle, that’s what concerns me the most,” he concluded. “I like to live in a calm way off the pitch, living to the full but without expending energy left, right and centre, and always keeping focused on training and on the matches.”
Its great to see a young man not showcase his cocky attitude.  Hugo has all the reason to say he’s the best darn French goalie right now, but he isn’t like that.  Its his calm and respectful nature that has made him a favorite at home and garnered many fans outside of France.  The up-coming World Cup could be the chance for Lloris to showcase his abilities on the big stage, but for now the Champions League is a great secondary showcase.
Old school logo or not, a two goal lead with that stout defense and one of the best goalie = victory.  Bordeaux will make it exciting netting a goal early, but a late equalizer leads to Lyon moving on easily.



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